Martin Luther King III

*In Atlanta, Martin Luther King III has been named president and chief executive officer of The King Center. King replaces his cousin, Isaac Newton Farris Jr., who has served in the position since 2005.

Meanwhile, Dexter Scott King remains as chairman of The King Center, which was founded by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow, Coretta Scott King, shortly after his death in 1968 to preserve and promote his legacy.

The surviving King siblings – Dexter, Martin and Bernice King – have been at odds in recent years and had to surrender control of their father’s estate while they attempt a court-ordered reconciliation.

All three children are lifetime board members of The King Center, though Bernice King is not an officer.